As fair fashion makes a slow, heroic rise to the spotlight more and more people are asking 2 questions: “What is ethical fashion?” and “How can I create an ethical closet?”
Your heart is in it - you understand the need for more ethical consumers in the fashion industry and you want to get started, but there’s no way you can afford to replace all of the items in your closet with fair trade alternatives. So don’t. In fact the most ethical and responsible thing you can do is to keep wearing everything you already own for as long as you possibly can. Then, follow these 5 simple steps to make the switch to sustainable consumerism.
We are now much further away from the center of Kathmandu. Colorful houses adorn the beautiful green hills, and in this village walking is much more common than driving. It is easier to breathe here in the mountains, and as we climb higher each of the temples we see is more beautiful than the last. It is Saturday, a day off in Nepal, and children run up to us, curious to see who we are. Each of them greets us in turn, saying “Hello, Madame!”, before going back to playing their games.
The people streaming out of the plane stir the still, stagnant air at the airport. Security control and luggage screening seem just a formality; the staff apologizes for the body scanners that alert with every passenger passing through them. A blond woman forces her way to the telephone operator’s desk and tries to get the customer service agent’s attention. We have arrived in Kathmandu to meet some of the Nepalese manufacturers and makers of Store of Hope.